Canadian Innovation Map: add your organization

Screen Shot 2012-07-23 at 11.10.31 PM 4711There's an interesting initiative on the Canadian Innovation LinkedIn group with a map showing the different actors in the ecosystem. As stated on the homepage, caninnovation is still a work in progress, but the current data is already interesting. And it's not just startups, since the map also wants to add large clusters, industry trade groups, as well as universities. The Canadian Innovation Ecosystem map is an initiative of Shahab Khan, who started the dynamic LinkedIn group, and who also takes an active leadership in the StartUp Canada initiative. If you are part of an innovation group (an incubator, investment firm, entrepreneurial organization), take a few minutes to add your your organization profile there.   Read more…


Venture Investments in Montreal – Web, Mobile, Gaming, Media from 2005 to 2012

inovia_logo 4704Check out iNovia's announcements this week: Bomoda, a Chineese fashion startup, Top Hat Monocle, a startup in education gamification, AppDirect, cloud computing for millions of SMBs, and 33Across, which is in social graph. You can see more comments here to get context about those investments. What I was interested though was to get the big picture. The following is the list of VC (Angel, VC and a few Equity) in Montreal. As you can see, iNovia leads the pack, in total $ investments, diversity of portfolio, total number of participants. Of course, they've been around longer than most VC funds, but the announcements have been very consistent over the years. Real Ventures, Rho Canada have been also very active in 2011 and 2012. If you see something missing, do send an email or tweet @mtw ! Note: investments by Anges-Quebec, Bolidea and a few others missing   Read more…


Looking to startup? Be a technical or business cofounder

logo 4701[View the story "Looking to startup? Be a technical or business cofounder" on Storify]Looking to startup? Be a technical or business cofounderIt's no surprise that technical talent (programmers, engineers, CTOs) are highly sought after. Many startups are looking to either build a first prototype, get a cofounder to be able to apply to an accelerator, or get their company to the next level. Storified by Montreal Tech Watch · Fri, Jul 20 2012 07:48:17It's no surprise that technical talent (programmers, engineers, CTOs) are highly sought after. Many startups are looking to either build a first prototype, get a cofounder to be able to apply to an accelerator, or get their company to the next level. Startups from Toronto, Montreal, NYC, Waterloo are highlighted here, they were all present at the International Startup Festival, and were looking for partners to make their vision a reality. Contact @mtw or @heri   Read more…


The desolating trend of natural resources: Where are the forward-looking policies?

The desolating trend of natural resources: Where are the forward-looking policies? 4692In Québec and in Canada, there has been a noticeable trend in the past few years on focusing on new legal and financial frameworks for mining projects. In Western Canada, it's Alberta and the Enbridge project that retains most of the federal government's attention, and in Québec, it's the "Plan Nord", with multi-billion initiatives announced. With vast natural resources left unexploited, it's natural and easy to explain the strategy. Why not -- Canada has been built historically with its forests, water, mineral resources easily exploitable and sent to industries to the South. What's worrying though is that there are no parallel plans to help develop new technologies. Of course, governments will mention funding to EDC, tax credits, BDC and other entities such as the Notman House, but it's always presented as another "N-th" measure, in the same basket as nice measures to help single families or whatever new (insignificant) policies   Read more…


echofab, mini makerfaire, foulab, robotics hackathon: hardware hacking on the rise

echofab, mini makerfaire, foulab, robotics hackathon: hardware hacking on the rise 4675The first hardware hacking space was foulab in Montreal, started a couple of years ago. Supported and run by its members, it allows anyone who likes to play with electronics, use heavy machinery, order or find exotic parts, and generally talk with similarly-minded hackers. Recently, foulab got also their own 3D printers. Since then, more events and organizations started developing: robotics hackathon recently, with about 100 young and old robotics fans learning board programming and robot assembling. In other parts of Montreal, we've seen also the fantastic initiative echofab, the first fablab space in the city. It's similar to Foulab, but with the mindset that it's about creative craftsmanship, and less about the underground and exclusive hacking attitude. Fablab is big on 3D printing, and making a community & friendly space available to citizens, almost as if it were a public library. Here's a good video that   Read more…


Wavo.me Launch Party, thursday July 13th

Wavo.me Launch Party, thursday July 13th 4663What a better way to celebrate the launch of a new platform and summer than a special digital party this thursday? Here was in the mail yesterday: a special invitation, the wavo.me beverage that sets it apart from all events and product launches. Wavo.me, founderfuel and notman house alumni, started by 2 McGill students, wants to change the way we listen to music, in the age of facebook and media platforms such as youtube and soundcloud. They're ready now to unveil the site to fans and friends this upcoming thursday at the Auberge St-Gabriel. Expect Monréalers as well as an international startup crowd from the International Startup Festival Crowd. RSVP here: Wavo Launch Party   Read more…


Is there a future for the Montreal startup community?

Is there a future for the Montreal startup community? 4657It's hard to nail what's happening exactly in Montreal but it's clear that there are now more people leaving the local startup ecosystem than people going in. A while ago, Raymond Luk went to Toronto, Robin Ahn (StartupDrinks) was off to San Francisco, Sylvain Carle (camps and general geek ambassador) and Sara Ahmadian (Robotics Hackathon) as well. Georgiana Laudi, active lead of Montreal Girl Geeks is going to Vancouver, while Ben Yoskovitz, instigator of NextMontreal was off east. Now, Felipe Coimbra (MTLNewTech founder) is leaving this week Montreal. Those are the main well-known figures, and I know many other lesser-known programmers and designers who've done the same. Perhaps with a conviction that there are better opportunities outside the Montreal startup ecosystem, or that other places are more open to new ideas in tech than Quebec, we're slowly seeing people leave. On the other hand, I can count a couple of people   Read more…


MTLNewTech Tuesday June 5th : e-180, huhwhere, FindMeAPro, Mollejuo

MTLNewTech Tuesday June 5th : e-180, huhwhere, FindMeAPro, Mollejuo 4651Come tomorrow see 4 Montreal startups presenting their new products: We have E-180 a matchmaking site that connects you with like-minded folks interested in sharing knowledge over a coffee. E-180 has been on the landscape for years, but they've unveiled recently new features, plus also plans for growth. FindMeAPro is the leading resource to help people find and compare qualified and available pros to realize any home improvement project. It's certainly an interesting service-focused business, with cofounders from Transcontinental/weblocal. Huwhere is the answer to 'What's going on, Anywhere, Right now?'. By hacker Marc Beaupré, it's an impressive technical feat, on the crossroads of Twitter, Yelp, foursquare and other recent geo-localized apps. Mollejuo AR Studio, making AR ideas a reality. It's a brand new startup that you can discover tomorrow. As usual, doors open at 6pm for networking before the event. There will be also a 10mn break after   Read more…